University of Detroit Mercy Professors Union Faculty Research Awards

The following RFP applies to faculty covered under the UDM/UDMPU contract

Request for Proposals - Academic Year 2021-2022

The deadline for proposal submission is January 15, 2021

In accordance with the Detroit Mercy/UDMPU Contract - Internal Research Grant Fund - $150,000 in research monies is available to faculty covered by the Detroit Mercy/UDMPU Contract for academic year 2021-22. All faculty are strongly encouraged to apply for and spend Faculty Research Award (FRA) grant monies.

In accordance with the contract, the MFA created an Internal Research Fund committee for academic year 2021-22 to review proposals. The committee members are as follows:

CLAE – John Porcerelli
CHP – Staci Kenno
MFA – Jonathan Finkel
SOA – Claudia Bernasconi (chair)
CBA – Sonya Kowalski
CES – Alexa Rihana
LIB – Cindy Gillham
UDMPU - Diane Robinson-Dunn
ADMIN - Ann Serra (ex-officio)

Please be aware of the following:

  • All funds must be spent before June 30, 2022.
  • Faculty who serve on the committee and submit a proposal will not be involved in any way in the review of his/her proposal.
  • There is currently no limit on requested funds; however only one proposal, as the Principal Investigator, is allowed per faculty during this 2021-22 cycle.
  • Proposals are funded based on available resources and merit. (The average grant last year was $5,700)
  • The deadline for submission is Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • To submit a proposal, please follow the instructions outlined in the FRA Request for Proposal document. Also include the Excel Budget Spreadsheet.
  • Consult the Job Classification and Pay Levels Guidelines document for information about Research Assistants’ hourly pay.
  • The proposal and all supporting documentation must be electronically submitted to
  • Proposals must contain all items requested and strictly adhere to instructions.
  • A Progress Report must be submitted to the committee by September 30, 2022.

Please feel free to contact the committee chair Claudia Bernasconi at with questions or concerns. Thank you.